Ed.D. in Mathematics Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Mathematics Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


Attention: The Ed.D. program in Mathematics Education has closed to new applicants.

The Ed.D. in Mathematics Education is designed to provide students with broad competencies in

  • fundamental problems in mathematics education;
  • current issues in mathematics education;
  • content of mathematics;
  • existing research in mathematics education;
  • human cognitive development, particularly as it relates to learning mathematics; and
  • research methods that may be used either in general mathematics education research or in the evaluation of particular programs in schools.

Graduates of the program are expected to be competent in the content of mathematics and to be knowledgeable about the psychology of learning, student diversity, and the social, cultural, and political milieu in which education takes place.

The program is appropriate for individuals who plan to pursue careers as college or university faculty in mathematics education, two-year college faculty in mathematics, or as classroom teachers, curriculum developers, supervisors, and instructional leaders in schools or other educational organizations. The student body is comprised of individuals in many of these types of positions, and the program is flexible enough to be sensitive to a diversity of academic needs and interests.

Some students come to the program with substantial backgrounds in mathematics and relatively sparse backgrounds in education. Others present the reverse situation. Still others come with relatively balanced previous preparation. It is an objective of the mathematics education program to maintain the balance where it exists or provide it if it does not. This objective is one of the bases for the differentiation of programs from student to student. Another is the difference in academic interests and career goals among students.


Applications can be completed online.  Applications are due by February 1 for fall admission and by November 1 for spring admission.

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. in Mathematics Education requires 72 credits of coursework, consisting of 9 credits in Foundations of Education, 30 credits in Mathematics Education and Mathematics, 9 credits in Research Methodology and 24 credits in the dissertation. Students who are admitted to dissertation candidacy will propose and complete a doctoral dissertation in the area of concentration; the dissertation can be either basic or applied research. Students have seven years from the time of admission to complete coursework and qualifying examinations and a total of 10 years to complete all requirements.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Carolyn A. Maher.